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Leviticus 5:17 – Ignorance and Accountability

Does God really hold people accountable for their conduct, even when they are unaware of the fact that they are violating His law? Some allege that He does not. They contend, at least in a practical way, that “ignorance is bliss.” The Scriptures do not support this notion.

Leviticus 5:17 deals with this principle. Read it carefully. “And if any one sin, and do any of the things which Jehovah has commanded not to be done; though he knew it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.” A sacrifice had to be offered so that atonement could be made for the matter “wherein he erred unwittingly and knew it not” (18). Draw a block around Leviticus 5:17-18, and in your margin write: Ignorance does not change guilt into innocence. One must study the Bible and ever be growing in knowledge, for the Lord expects us to know and to obey His sacred will.

Scripture references: Leviticus 5:17; Leviticus 5:17-18